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PopCap LogoTalk about strange bedfellows… Who would’ve thought that one of the most tightly-lipped, hardcore RPG game producers would ever team up with a relatively open-sourced semi-indie casual game developer? Well, that’s exactly what’s happened thanks to a new agreement between Square-Enix and PopCap. Through the agreement, classic PopCap titles including Bejeweled 2, Chuzzle, Insaniquarium and Heavy Weapon will hit the Japanese shores via Square-Enix’s web portal.

Evidently, PopCap feels it needs a Japanese presence to truly penetrate the market. Although with the brisk sales of many recent DS titles, it’s evident that the Japanese have a taste for simple casual games.

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Final Fantasy III BuyerSquare Enix’s Final Fantasy III for the Nintendo DS was just released in Japan, and gamers lined up overnight to grab the limited edition bundle featuring a custom DS Lite and the game. Over 80 gamers were lined up by 3:00 AM, and by the time the store opened, over 150 were in line. The game itself has proved to be an extremely popular pre-order as well, with nearly 500,000 Japanese gamers reserving a copy of the game. The new, 3D-rendered re-make of Final Fantasy III will see its release in the US on November 14.

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